When does a well-contented community transform? When does it become something else, a place where dissent and change can grow?
In the case of the dystopian Baltimore in Chang-Rae Lee’s “On Such A Full Sea,” it’s the departure of a young woman. She is leaving to chase a boy who disappeared, but he is not as important. The woman who walked away is the image, the figure, the symbol that captures the imagination.
Told in a beautifully rendered second person plural, this book is about how revolution begins. And it is about a girl, looking for the boy she loves.